The Harrier

Subtitle: The newsletter of Devon Birds

West Charleton Marsh

The scheme to make repairs and improvements to the bird hide at West Charleton Marsh has recently been completed and has had good coverage in the local press.  The work entailed replacing the decking on the boardwalk and the steps leading up to the hide which had become dangerous.  Within the funds available it has also been possible to lay a new hedge and plant some new shrubs to increase diversity.  There was a very impressive fund-raising effort locally and the Council of Devon Birds agreed a contribution of £1,000 towards the project’s overall cost of £2,500.

A big thank you is given to Chris Klee and Tony Tabb of Kingsbridge Natural History Society, for their efforts in raising awareness of the need for this work and in the energy shown in raising the overall sum of money for the work.  A thank you is also owed to Clive Bignell, a local carpenter, for carrying out the work at “Mates Rates”!!

The hide is very well used and gives views over the reed bed and wetland pools as well as inland.  A further tranche of work is soon to be carried out to dig out an overgrown water channel to provide an area of open water close to the hide which should be of benefit to both wildlife and observers.

Shaw Edwards

(This item has been sourced from an article in the Kingsbridge Gazette, 27th July 2018)

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